To move the deadline to submit a proposed amendment to the Constitution from the end of the previous RA to 120 days preceding the RA.

Article IX. Amendment of Constitution and Bylaws
Section 2. Amendment of the Constitution.

A proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be presented in writing to the Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules and read by title to the Annual Meeting immediately prior to its proposed adoption postmarked no later than one hundred twenty (120) days preceding the Annual Meeting. Documentation of timely submission of an amendment shall be the responsibility of the contact person for the amendment, provided that the time of submission of an amendment that is proposed by a majority vote of the NEA Board of Directors shall be when the language of the amendment is approved by the Board of Directors.

Impact Statement

Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised states that Article IX of the NEA Constitution sets out the requirements for submission of amendments to the NEA Constitution and Bylaws.  Under Section 2, amendments to the Constitution must be submitted in writing to the Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules one year in advance of their consideration. The titles of amendments submitted to the committee are read to the Representative Assembly in the year in which they are submitted and are then published and sent to all members via NEA Today, along with impact statements, the following spring.

Under Section 3, amendments to the NEA Bylaws must be submitted to the Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules postmarked no later than 120 days preceding the Annual Meeting.  This deadline falls in early March.  Amendments to the Bylaws are published and sent to all members via NEA Today, along with impact statements, in the spring at least 60 days prior to their consideration at the Representative Assembly.

NEA Standing Rule 5.C.2. sets the deadline for amendments to the Standing Rules at 120 days preceding the Annual Meeting.  Amendments to the Standing Rules are published and sent to all members via NEA Today, along with impact statements, in the spring at least 60 days prior to their consideration at the Representative Assembly.

If adopted, the amendment would strike language requiring submission of amendments to the Constitution a year in advance and would, instead, align the deadline with that for amendments to the Bylaws and NEA Standing Rules.  The deadline for submission of constitutional amendments would fall in early March, on the same day as the deadline for Bylaw and Standing Rule amendments.  All proposed amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules would continue to be printed in the spring issue of NEA Today and sent to all members.

Contact

Mike Beranek - IA